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It must be harder to make it in professional baseball than the average sports fan thinks – but that doesn't stop these athletes from being some of the worst MLB draft picks of all time. This group of the worst top baseball draft picks disappointed coaches, teammates, and fans by failing to live up to their high expectations. Maybe it was just too difficult to handle the pressure of being picked early on the draft.

This list of the MLB's worst draft picks factors in when the players were taken in the draft. These professional baseball players were snapped up earliest in the draft process, meaning that they were the most highly coveted by teams at the time. Unfortunately, that means that their lack of success in the Major Leagues was magnified. And when you consider these players' glowing prospects compared to their often dismal output on the field, that contrast makes them the worst picks possible.

So which baseball player is the absolute worst of the worst among the all-time MLB bad top draft picks? Vote up the pro players who flamed out in truly spectacular ways, and vote down the athletes who still managed to leave some type of mark on the game.
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Bryan Bullington

Bryan Bullington is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst First Round MLB Draft Picks Ever
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Pitcher Bryan Bullington was drafted first overall in 2002 by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He actually wasn't ranked particularly high, but was drafted because the Pirates were more confident they could sign him than other top players. The team's decision is even worse when you realize that Zack Greinke, Prince Fielder, Cole Hamels, Matt Cain, and B.J. Upton were in that draft.
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Dewon Brazelton

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Dewon Brazelton was a pitcher who was drafted third overall in 2001 by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. His career stretched from 2002-2006, with Brazelton posting an 8-25 record and a 6.28 ERA.
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Daniel Moskos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst First Round MLB Draft Picks Ever
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Daniel Moskos was drafted fourth overall in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Pirates. This was the same draft that included Jason Heyward and Madison Bumgarner, but the Pirates took a player they believed they could sign for cheap. Moskos pitched Triple-A ball for eight seasons, but never had MLB success.
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Greg Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst First Round MLB Draft Picks Ever
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Pitcher Greg Reynolds was drafted second overall in the 2006 draft. Reynolds performed well in the minors, but in the majors he played for three teams, accumulating a 6-11 record, with a 7.01 ERA. The salt in the wound is that top notch pitchers such as Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw were in that draft class as well. In February of 2016, Reynolds was signed to a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres.
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